The Centre for Community Knowledge has been developed from the work of the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) and its partner IBM Canada. In June 2009, TCF's Community Knowledge Centre was created as a way for organizations to share their successes and stories with potential supporters. Inspired by this, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation has developed its own platform to share our region's stories with the local community.
Be developing the Centre for Community Knowledge, local non-profits are able to connect with philanthropists who want to make a difference in their community. It allows local organizations to showcase current projects designed to address issues in the Waterloo Region's Vital Signs® report.
The Centre for Community Knowledge website is a digital network that highlights impactful stories and positive work being done by various organizations across Waterloo Region. It has a hyper-local focus, and organizes profiles in four different ways: alphabetically, by geographical area served, by population served, and according to Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® Areas.
Its purpose is to successfully combine the power of effective, compelling storytelling, videos, and digital networking to help organization’s tell their own unique stories. Through this contemporary online medium, organizations are able to create an emotional bond with community members, staff, volunteers, and potential donors. The Centre for Community Knowledge website, as an online platform, easily brings people together; anyone can search an organization and read about who they are, what they do, and how they impact their immediate community.
The Centre for Community Knowledge is truly for everyone. It provides donors, fund holders, media, members of the public, and community organizations the knowledge about new initiatives making this region the best that it can be. By being the intermediary between local organizations and the citizens in our community we hope it is a place where you will find inspiration from the stories that these organizations are sharing.
For The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation donors, the Centre for Community Knowledge is a tool designed to help expand your knowledge of the many philanthropic opportunities in our community, providing you with key information about organizations doing impactful work around Waterloo Region. If you are in the beginning stages of your philanthropic journey, or are thinking about beginning a relationship with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, the Centre for Community Knowledge can help you to understand how your investment can make a lasting difference.
For community organizations, it is a place to help you tell your stories of change, impact, and community vitality. It is also a place where you can gain an understanding of the great work being done by other community organizations, and where you can identify new opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
For members of the public, it is a place to help gain an understanding of the great work being done to help build our cities and townships, and to help you connect with and learn about organizations that are working in a specific issue area, location, or age group that matters to you.
For member of the media, it is a resource to help spark ideas for stories that speak to the issues in our region and about the community organizations that are transforming people's lives.
How do I use this site?
Users can search the platform for local community organizations by one or more of the following areas:
- Waterloo Region Vital Signs® area
- Demographic Area
- Population Served
Each organization's profile will include an overview of the organization, along with information pertaining to a new project they are currently undertaking that needs additional support. Visitors are able to learn about the organizations not only through the profile provided, but also through pictures and videos that will give a more intimate and personal view of the organization.